Discover why you should visit Bury St Edmunds this Christmas

Christmas Shopping and festive events in Bury St Edmunds

Christmas is a favourite time of the year for many people; a wonderful occasion for spending invaluable time with friends and family and, of course, the perfect time to treat those we love the most. As Christmas approaches, Bury St Edmunds has a number of festive events for you to enjoy.

Copyright – ANDY ABBOTT

Christmas Lights Switch On in Bury St Edmunds 

To get you in the mood for Christmas, visit the town’s well-known Christmas Lights Switch On event on 15 November. This will be The Snow Queen’s fourth year attending and there will be plenty of fantastic street and stage entertainment for everyone to enjoy from 3pm. The beautiful lights will be switched on at 7pm. On the same day, also pop into Neptune Bury St Edmunds which will be holding its spectacular Christmas Charity Event in conjunction with number of local businesses including Javelin Fashion and Stanley & Maud jewellery.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fairs

Bury St Edmunds’ Christmas Fayre is the largest event to take place in the town every year. This seasonal sparkle runs from 22 – 25 November and is a fantastic place to pick up some wonderful Christmas gifts from over 300 stalls all over Bury St Edmunds. There will be fine arts, jewellery and local craft stalls as well as free children’s activities, street entertainment and live music!

Blackthorpe Barn

Lavenham’s Market Square is transformed into a beautiful Christmas Fair back dropped by stunning medieval timber-framed buildings. This year the Fair takes place during the first weekend of December and there will be a craft and food stalls as well as carol singing and plenty of mulled wine. It will certainly fill you with Christmas spirit!


Christmas Crafts in Bury St Edmunds 

Give your party guests an entrance to remember and take part in one of the many Christmas wreath making workshops around Bury St Edmunds. Blackthorpe Barn and The Crafty Foxes have a number of workshops on throughout December. Forage for your own greenery, mix with Christmas embellishments and ribbon and create your own stunning Christmas wreath to give your front door some Christmas cheer.

Wreath Making Workshop at Blackthorpe Barn

At the weekend Blackthorpe Barn is a haven for Christmas cheer; you can pick up some special Christmas gifts from the British Crafts area, collect your Christmas tree and also take your children in to visit Santa at his magical Grotto!

Ickworth House has a number of Christmas events on throughout November and December. Entertain your overly excited children by taking them to one of the Christmas Crafts events or join the cooks in the kitchen and get a head start on some of your own Christmas preparations by making a Christmas pudding to take home.

Christmas Entertainment

Take the children along to enjoy Theatre Royal’s classic Christmas Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. Cheer the goodies, boo the baddies and have a great time singing along and enjoying the show. Sleeping Beauty runs from 30 November to 13 January.

If you are looking for something a bit different, Kentwell Hall is hosting a traditional Dickensian Christmas. Experience a Victorian style Christmas; meet a Victorian family (including upstairs and downstairs) and see how the house is set up for Christmas. Visit the Victorian Tavern and the Music Hall and see Mr Dickens himself narrating ‘A Christmas Carol’, complete with Victorian illusions. Book tickets via the website!

For more entertainment, visit the Apex which also has festive entertainment on during December including “The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’” described by the Telegraph as “guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling” as well as an adaptation of Charles’ Dickens most well-known story, A Christmas Carol.

Blackthorpe Barn

Festive food and drink in Bury St Edmunds 

If you’re really looking to impress your guests, make Christmas and New Year entertaining simple by learning from the very best, two Masterchefs of Great Britain at Ice Cook School, Rougham. The chefs offer twists on traditions, give hints and tips on the essentials and help you create the most beautiful canapes for your guests. Ice Cook School has availability on both 6and 20 November.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas.

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